Welcome to the 3 FI blog! We are going to be your grade three French Immersion teachers this year. We have enjoyed our summer and spent a lot of time with our friends and family but we are ready to get back into the classroom to start teaching a new group of students!
We spent many lessons this past year discussing what makes us unique. Many of our French lessons were about discussing things that make us unique, like our eye color, hair color and birthdays.
We also spent time talking about how being different is okay, because we all have different interests and that is what makes us who we are.
This are the last group of students that will begin French Immersion at grade 3. Mlle Nicholson and I believe this is what makes this particular group of students very unique. They started the year in English, unable to converse in French. Now, after almost ten months of grade 3, they can speak, read and write in French. We could not be more proud of them.
Last Friday we did a simple art activity. We gave them a small puzzle piece. We asked them to color, draw and/or represent themselves on their piece. After thirty minutes, we assembled the pieces on a bulletin board.
Although it was one of the simplest art activities we have completed this year, it is very symbolic of who we are.
In our two science units of the year, Plants and Soil, we will be taking the time to do a few fun experiments.
Last week we looked at different soil samples andthe inside of bean seeds. Last Friday we mixed soil with water in mason jars and shook the mixture up. We will examine the different layers we see this week during our science lessons.
We are also hoping to discuss parts of a plant and their function later next week.
Check out some of the experiments the students have taken part in so far during our science units:
Friday afternoon we created a spring art activity. Students could keep their pieces for themselves or give them to someone special (like their mothers for Mother’s Day).
They were to draw flower shapes on cardstock and cut them out. They had to keep both pieces of paper (the shapes they cut out and the paper they cut them out from) for their art project.
They then had to use pastel to trace around both parts of their paper. They pushed the pastel onto a new piece of paper, creating a smudged look. If they used the shapes they cut out, the smudge was pushed out. If they used the paper the shapes were cut out from, the smudge was pushed in.
This created a very unique and interesting picture!
For the past couple of weeks we have been working on outcomes in our Personal Wellness curriculum.
We have been having discussions the importance of healthy eating and regular physical activity for a healthy lifestyle. This was very interesting as it gave us the opportunity to discuss the new food guide:
We have also discussed personal habits that lead to improved health, such as hand washing, coughing and sneezing into your elbow.
Today we discussed how to keep our teeth healthy. Our learning target was to name one thing you could do to improve your teeth. Mlle had students become teeth, bacteria, sweets and a toothbrush to show how to care for their teeth. Check out the video below to see how it was done:
A few weeks ago, we added three new reward cards to our reward card box.This proved to be very exciting for the students in 3 FI!
Before the new cards, students could choose from having François or Isabelle for the day, being first in line for the entire day, picking where they wanted to sit for the afternoon, or sitting in one of the teacher’s chairs as a possible reward after earning 100 warm fuzzies. You can read the original blog post on warm fuzzies and reward cards here.
Here are the three new cards that students can now choose:
Students enjoy passing out the warm fuzzies for us and we love letting them do it! Students have also really enjoyed having lunch with Mlle. Mlle picks them up in the cafeteria and brings them back to the 3 FI classroom where she has a tablecloth and flowers set up. Check it out!
We continue to encourage the students in 3 FI to be peaceful and respectful and follow our classroom beliefs so they can keep getting as many warm fuzzies as possible.